(RECAP) NIGERIAN NAVY SPECIAL BOAT SERVICE: NAVAL UNIT WHERE WOMEN ARE NOT WELCOME

Nigerian Navy Special Forces commandos prepare to board NNS Burutu during a sea training exercise with US servicemen in the Gulf of Guinea, 13 February 2010 PHOTO CREDIT:AP

NAVAL UNIT WHERE WOMEN ARE NOT WELCOME
By PHILIP NWOSU
DAILY SUN Newspapers
Friday, December 25, 2009

The Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service (SBS) is gender insensitive and the commanders are not hiding it. Indeed, in this special naval service, women are not welcome at all. Only men of valour could serve in the SBS. The only word that could best describe the unit is that it is a virile force modelled alongside similar units in the Royal Navy.

The Special Boat Service is the Special Forces unit of the Nigerian Navy which was established when Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye was Chief of Naval Staff.

The roles of the Special Boat Services are predominantly focused on, but not restricted to, littoral and riverine operations, including Reconnaissance and Surveillance, covert beach reconnaissance (hydrographic survey) in advance of an amphibious assault, recovery or protection of ships and oil installations subject to hostile state or non-state action, Maritime Counter-Terrorism and Offensive Action.

With the constant attack on Nigeria’s oil facility by militants in the Niger Delta, the Nigerian Navy believes that the military answer is the creation of a Special Boat Service to defeat the militants.

The unit is just three years old(established in 2006) and already it has trained over 100 naval personnel in reconnaissance and surveillance, covert beach reconnaissance in advance of an amphibious assault and recovery and protection of ships and oil installations subject to terrorist action. At the recent graduation of 27 naval personnel trained as members of the group to fight terrorism, the Commanding Officer of the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service (NNSBS) Navy Captain Apochi Suleiman, said the unit has trained the personnel to be filled with vigour and energy. The naval personnel made up of four officers and 23 ratings were trained in various aspects of anti-terrorist combat for 20 months at the Special Boat Service base inside the naval facility in Lagos.

To show that they have been trained to confront any obstacle, the group staged a mock war within the premises which it tagged “beaching and combat march demonstration.”

The mock war featured a demonstration of what beaching was. The demonstration portrayed a unit of the Special Boat Service in a confrontation with some group of rebels who had laid in ambush for it. The unit was able through some of the combat maneouvres they have been taught at the SBS to overcome the rebel outfit after which it embarked on a combat march which was organized to show strength.

Speaking with Daily Sun at the graduation ceremony, the Commanding Officer of the Special Boat Service, Navy Captain Apochi Suleiman, said the force is specially trained to carry out multi-dimensional operations particularly on land, sea and air.
Suleiman said that the qualities required of persons called up to be members of the unit include basic naval medical standard, good sight, must be a good swimmer and must meet naval physical capabilities requirement. Intakes, he said, must be able to embark on 42 press-up exercises under two minutes and be able to run 3.2kilometres under 15minutes

He said that the creation of this special group within the Nigerian Navy became necessary following the incessant attacks on Federal Government facilities in the protection of the Nigerian Navy. He said operatives of the SBS would, after graduation, be deployed to all operational areas of the Nigerian Navy, explaining that since the outfit was created, nine officers and 101 ratings have passed through its rigorous training .The outfit was fashioned after the United States Navy Seal, the Royal Navy Special Boat Service and the Indian Maritime Commando.

Captain Suleiman told Daily Sun that the group will support Nigerian Navy’s effort in counter-terrorism, anti piracy and search and rescue operations. Speaking during the graduation ceremony, the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) Rear Admiral Ekwere Udoh Ekwere advised the graduating personnel to put in their best in uplifting naval operations.

Admiral Ekwere who was represented by the Chief Staff Officer of the Command, Commodore O.B Ogunjimi, urged them to make personal effort at getting themselves in better shape.He enjoined them to ensure that discipline becomes their watchword and also work towards obeying rules of the country as spelt out by the Federal Government.

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21 Responses to (RECAP) NIGERIAN NAVY SPECIAL BOAT SERVICE: NAVAL UNIT WHERE WOMEN ARE NOT WELCOME

  1. fegons says:

    I luv d sbs that y I wnt 2b a member of d SBS crew!bein an Airborne I wnt 2do all sspecial forcess course in d world!so dat I can uplift d Navy in my own service!All the Way!

  2. mbah prince says:

    l dream everyday of being in the Nigerian Navy.but currently an undergraduate of Mass comm.is there any way I can do my
    industrial attachment there.

  3. African Spooks says:

    Wanting to join the Navy, is a really patriotic thing,but my fellow citizens don’t join because you feel u will be empowered to do whatever you like, or for the sake of “RESPECT” you’ll get from wearing the uniform. be prepared to sweat, it out…..

    On the other hand, check up on their websites…www.nigeriannavy.go.ng……
    Goodluck

  4. enekwa says:

    me after my graduation, im going straight into the nigerian army

  5. I want to join the nigeria Navy forces

  6. A/Bpti2.Oyedemi O says:

    Sir.I am already in the service,I request you get me posted when ever the screening for the next SBS will come up also the joint maritime course.yours obidient rating.A/Bpt2.Oyedemi O.X8883(08057355766)(08039530603).

  7. Adamu abdulmalik jigawa says:

    sir i was 1 of d succfl candidate in d nigeriannavy bach 20 2011 sir i need more information about (sbs)special boat service,bcaus now am goin to port next month.4more pls contact me @ 08068012006 thanks sir.

  8. adebo akinbode says:

    morning sir.am 1 of d successful candidate of bach 20.i ll lyk 2 join d sbs after my 9month training wat re d requirement tanx

  9. chijioke cheteze says:

    i am a fresh graduate from enugu state university of science & technology waiting to go for nysc and i want to join the nigerian navy.
    thanks….

  10. SM MAFIMISEBI AS says:

    I tank God dat am one of d Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service. God bless my God father Commondore AO SULEIMAN. SBS GO OOO…

  11. OS SAIDU A says:

    I AM OS SAIDU A BATCH 19 TRAINED BY COMMODORE AO SULEIMAN IN AKASO ONNE, I SEE HELL DURING THE TRAINING BUT TODAY I PASS OUT FROM THEIR AND I WISH TO JOIN THE NIGERIAN NAVY SPECIAL BOAT SERVICE ( SBS) ANY DOUBT ABOUT THAT? NOOOOOOO, NO I AM GOOD TOGO. el_ahmad.lana@yahoo.com

  12. uche says:

    who goes there ? its onward together brother

  13. Ameh victor Adikwu says:

    SBS are d most respected force,in NN.God bles Codr.A.O Sulaiman

  14. dismanchild says:

    Information is power. Why are seamen currently in the navy unaware of the steps it takes to apply or be chosen for NN SBS??? The NN is for all Nigerians and me thinks more effort should be put into making the criteria to join any branch of the service clear and open to everyone. Onward Together.

    • jimmy says:

      OGA dismanchild they (NN, NAF,NPF NAF) advertise every six months in the national newspapers.

      • doziex says:

        Yeah guys, they should also have recruiting offices on university campuses and some high school premises.
        With pamphlets containing all relevant information.

        @xnurr44 , @gbash10 and @henry wetin una think ?

    • tim says:

      Am aware of a lot of things than even some officers in the navy, and their are some that any topic even outside the military they know…. I know of an officer that thinks nns thunder came with missiles on it.

  15. Henry says:

    @ OGA doziex, yes I quite agree with you. The armed forces has to do more as regards to recruiting graduates. Back then in the university, guys were enthusiatic about joining the military, but they didn’t know how. We didn’t see officers from MOD, atleast coming to tell final year students the benefits or simply coming to inspire guys about the need of joining the military. As regards the recruitment of graduates into the armed forces, the military has failed. The truth though is that it is not late to salvage the situation. Yes they advertise in national dailies, but this is not slightly enough to get the required workforce/ man power the military needs.

  16. justice Karl says:

    plz i want to join the special force team..How can that be possible?

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